Michele L. Cooney is a Project Geologist with AECOM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cooney graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College where she completed her undergraduate thesis “The Utica Shale Play in Pennsylvania: A Characterization of the Reedsville, Antes, Utica, and Point Pleasant Formations.” She received honors on her thesis as well as the David E. Rouse Award, Geology Outstanding Junior Major Prize, and the Veronica Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Award to the Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists. Cooney completed her M.S. in Safety Science this year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
From 2013 to 2014 Cooney served as a geologic contractor with Smith Stratigraphic, LLC performing tasks associated with the Utica Shale Playbook (Patchen and Carter, eds., 2015). From 2014 to 2016, Cooney served as a geologic contractor with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey performing vitrinite reflectance on Marcellus Shale samples. Cooney began her duties as a Project Geologist with AECOM in 2016. Cooney previously served as the Special Issues Editor (2012-2014) for AAPG’s Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) and has served as the Editor-in-Chief for DEG’s Environmental Geosciences peer-reviewed journal since 2014.
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